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ing characters of his style. His imagination, it must be conceded, was much more strong and fertile than chaste and correct. Time, however, might have done much for him in this respect, and had his days been prolonged, there is no doubt, that experience, the advice of friends, and the unsparing hand of criticism, might have placed him among the foremost of Ameri

can writers.

"Such talents and such piety combin'd,
With such unfeign'd humility of mind,
Bespoke him fair to tread the way to fame,
And live an honour to the christian name.
But heaven was pleased to stop his fleeting hour,
And blight the fragrance of the opening flow'r."

In the derangement which preceded his death, the state and character of his mind were strongly marked. He supposed he was in heaven, and he talked almost incessantly. During the first 24 hours he scarcely ever finished a sentence, but appeared to be engaged in important conversation with three or four individuals who had been his particular friends in Lexington, and whose names were continually repeated. In one of his silent intervals a friend stept up to his bed-side, and having looked him full in the face, was recognized. He raised his arm, held out his hand, grasped the hand of his friend, gave it a hearty shake, uttering these words "Brother Ewhen did die? you I died yesterday at 11 o'clock," the hour in the preceding day at which he had become deranged.


A few hours after, he recovered the full use of his mind, and talked with his friends for a short time, as

usual, and then sunk back into his former state of derangement, but with this remarkable difference: His discourses were now generally not only coherent, but lucid and argumentative. He discussed, for instance, at considerable length, the theological points on which he had been accused of heresy, and maintained their agreement with the word of God. He pronounced also, while in this state, a lengthy and animated discourse on the national advantages of the United States, closing every paragraph with these words: "And men call this fine land their land, but it is God's land, yea, it is God's land." Towards the close of the dissertation, after a pause of a few minutes, he called out, "Molly, Molly, Molly, (the name of his wife, who was also at that time on her death bed) come here-look down yonder towards Lexington. See what a glory is all round. Lexington."

Some two or three hours before his death he again recovered the full use of his mind, and continued so, till he joined the assembly of the spirits of just men made perfect.

His publications were,

1. A Sermon on the Divine Forgiveness, 1812. 2. A Sermon on the Signs of the Times, 1813.

3. The Body of Christ, being a Series of Essays on Federal Representation, 1814.

4. A Sermon before the Legislature of Kentucky, entitled National Safety, 1815.

5. A Plea for the hope of Israel, being the Substance of his Defence before the General Synod of the Asso ciate Reformed Church, 1817.

6. A Last Appeal to the Church and Congregation of Market Street, a Volume of Sermons, 1818.

7. A Volume of Posthumous Discourses, 1821.

His remains were deposited under the front of the church in Lexington which had been built for his use; and a marble slab in the back of the pulpit records the fact, with this motto "The resurrection of the just shall unfold his character."

No. 12.



THE Rev. Robert Wilson was born in Virginia, and there raised, educated, and ordained to the work of the Gospel Ministry. After labouring some time in the gospel vineyard there, he came to Kentucky as a missionary, and having fulfilled his mission, became stationary at Washington, Mason county. Shortly after, he married Elizabeth Harris, daughter of Mr. Ed. Harris, sen. of Washington; and, amidst many difficulties and discouragements, unceasingly persevered in the discharge of his ministerial duties. Seldom has a person been known combining in his character more amiable qualities than were manifested by this man of God. The leading trait


in his character was deep and unaffected piety. This was uniformly apparent in his life and conversation. As a minister, he was grave, zealous, faithful and laborious. Upwards of twenty years he continued among the same people, "instant in season and out of season," prosecuting the arduous duties of his office. In his preaching, he was peculiarly mild, solemn and engaging. He was not contented with merely discharging the duties of the pulpit; but, after the example of his Divine Master, "went about daily doing good," visiting families, and instructing them in things pertaining to the kingdom of God. "Twas his, to seek out objects of distress, and the afflicted of every kind; to alleviate their distresses, to offer the consolations of the Gospel, to raise the bowed down, to administer healing to the wounded heart, and to calm the agitated passions; and to heal the breaches and seek the peace of Zion, and of the society in which his, lot had been cast. In these labours of benevolence and peace, he was truly eloquent and eminently successful; and his mild and affectionate disposition, and his easy and amiable manners made him a welcome visitant to families of almost every character.

In the pulpit, and in all his pastoral visitations, he taught with assiduity the total depravity of the human heart; the necessity of regeneration; the proper divinity and real atonement of the Saviour; and justification by faith in his blood. Like the great apostle, he determined to know nothing but Jesus Christ and him crucified. All the events which occurred in the life and at the death of Him whom he termed "his Prince Emanuel,”

were frequently related by him in the most persuasive and interesting manner. His solemn appeals to the heart were often made the means of arresting the attention of the thoughtless, and bringing to serious re flection. As a Christian, his heart was signally benevo lent. In proportion to his circumstances he contributed largely to the promotion of religion. In his private. walk, he was remarkably exemplary, and possessed the art of happily introducing pious conversation in almost every circle he entered. He was strictly conscientious in the performance of all personal and relative duties. He was the good citizen, the obliging neighbour, the loving husband, and the most tender and affectionate parent. And thus, by his daily example, he enforced all the truths which he taught; and to this may be attributed much of that success which marked his ministration in the gospel.

During his last illness he maintained the same equanimity of temper and conduct, which had so eminently characterized his past life. Although his affliction was long and distressing, he was not heard to utter one repining word, or manifest the least impatience under his sufferings. To the kind friends, who attended him. most anxiously and tenderly, he exhibited the highest degree of gratitude.

The writer of this hasty sketch had the privilege of frequently visiting him on his dying bed, and of hearing him express his unshaken confidence in his Lord and Redeemer. His soul was animated with the prospects of glory, and appeared anxious to take its flight to heaven. He embraced, with ardent affection, his

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